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it out of the park. 500 uncommitted voters were asked who won this debate. 46% said romney was the winner, while only 22% said that the president was the victor this time. as for their view of romney, the man who has been fighting to ensure that he relates to the average american, 56% of the polls said they had a better opinion of the former governor after this debate. what started out as cordial quickly became heated. >> his proposal calls for a $5 trillion tax cut on top of $2 trillion of additional spending for the military. and he is saying that he is going to pay for it by closing loopholes and deductions. he's been asked over 100 times how he would close those loophole, and he hasn't identified them. >> if the tax plan he described airplane tax plan i was asked to support, i'd say absolutely not. i'm not looking for a $5 trillion tax cut. i've said i won't put in place a tax cut that adds to the did deficit. >> five weeks before the election, he's saying the his big idea is never mind. >> my priority is jobs. there's nothing better. having more people working, earning more money, p
each other in person. flash forward to 2012. one day before tomorrow's debate, romney briefly stopped for lunch grabbing buritos with his sparring partner, ohio senator, rob courtman. >> people want to know who is going to win? president obama spent the day near las vegas. where his rehearsals was john kennedy and caught about joking them. >> they are making me do my home withwork. >> romney seemed to down play his reports that prepped him with sinkers. >> it's not so much winning or losing, it's about something bigger than that. it will be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. >> and romney has softened his position on immigration. he will honor the president's recent stop gap measure, stay in the country until immigration reform is passed. tomorrow's debate will focus on domestic issues. the second half will address healthcare and other national concerns. of coverage begins at 5:00. and scott pelley will have full debate coverage starting at 6:00. elizabeth cook, cbs 5. >>> what more could california have asked? >> parks were broke, so
stakes surrounding the first debate. >>> mitt romney rallied supporters at denver's air and space museum before retreating for the debate practice. >> i believe that the people of colorado, they will choose a better way for our country. that we cannot afford four more years that could last four years. >> reporter: wednesday night is the republican hopeful that will meet them on stage at the university of denver for their first debate. >> i'm calling them right now. >> reporter: the gop volunteers who had been working the phones said that there are still undecided voters that they could win over. >> a lot of people are waiting until the debate on wednesday. that will be a big thing for some people. >> reporter: and colorado is a battleground state that went for president obama in 2008. the republicans here say that they have already made about four times the phone calls as this time four years ago. a new washington post poll gives the president a comfortable 11-point lead when it comes to the swing states like colorado. >> i feel like he actually has a plan where romney, you know, i have
. >> and this their is a -- that president obama lost the first debate to mitt romney. >> now, the first crucial first encounter passed. what do the candidates need to do to keep it going or get the momentum back going? we fut putt that question to former san francisco mayor willie brown and the chronicle's joe garafoli. what should they do? >> obama has to re-establish his dominance on the intellectual side, on the -- [ indiscernible ] side, he has to re-establish his dominance on the excitement side. can he do that? i don't know. >> and mitt romney? >> mitt romney has to keep going, keep plowing through in the same way. he was concise and crisp. like the ceo and chief that he aspires to be. >> it was interesting. this is the first time i ever recalled seeing the former massachusetts governor mitt romney show up on stage. until now, he's been completely avoiding, you never would have known he was the governor in massachusetts. met last debate, everything was governors of massachusetts. >> he was proud to talk about what happened with the school system in massachusetts. >> he was very proud to talk about healthcare and more
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